SOCAR re­ceives hy­brid en­ergy ef­fi­cient cars within UNDP-GEF project

Azer News - - Miscellaneous - By Amina Nazarli

Azerbaijan’s en­ergy gi­ant SOCAR re­ceived four hy­brid en­ergy ef­fi­cient cars un­der the UNDP-GEF car­bon mit­i­ga­tion project.

The cars were re­ceived by SOCAR Vice-Pres­i­dent on ecol­ogy is­sues, Rafiga Huseyn­zada at a cer­e­mony held at the SOCAR EcoPark in Baku’s Gala set­tle­ment on April 19.

The cars are de­signed to trans­form en­ergy pro­duced from com­bus­tion of gaso­line into elec­tric en­ergy, which is used for op­er­at­ing the cars. The cars were pur­chased in the frame of the GEF-fi­nanced project jointly im­ple­mented by UNDP and SOCAR.

UNDP Deputy Res­i­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Alessan­dro Fra­cas­setti, em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of the project in piloting en­ergy ef­fi­ciency mea­sures in Azerbaijan. He ex­pressed hope that other state com­pa­nies and the pri­vate sec­tor would soon fol­low SOCAR’s ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ear­lier, in­ter­na­tional ex­perts con­ducted train­ing in eco-driv­ing for 12 se­lected SOCAR driv­ers. Af­ter the tests, driv­ers were able to re­duce fuel con­sump­tion from 20 to 8 per­cent.

This is one of sev­eral mit­i­ga­tion ac­tiv­i­ties for low-end car­bon use sec­tors that have been car­ried out un­der the project. Other mea­sures in­clude en­ergy ef­fi­cient build­ings, in­stal­la­tion of small wind tur­bines and vented and flared gas cap­ture from ex­ist­ing on-shore oil and gas fields.

Fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony, par­tic­i­pants re­viewed project achieve­ments in 2016 and ap­proved work plans for 2017 at a joint Steer­ing Com­mit­tee Meet­ing. The event was con­cluded with a tree plant­ing cer­e­mony, fa­cil­i­tated by SOCAR.

Huseyn­zada noted that the project was part of SOCAR’s am­bi­tious plans to be­come a “zero-emis­sion com­pany”. She men­tioned that such strat­egy would boost Azerbaijan's econ­omy and devel­op­ment, and would en­sure a cleaner en­vi­ron­ment.

The project on "Na­tion­ally Ap­pro­pri­ate Mit­i­ga­tion Ac­tions (NAMAs) for low-car­bon end-use sec­tors in Azerbaijan" aims to pi­lot en­ergy ef­fi­cient mea­sures in three ar­eas: in build­ings, trans­porta­tion and associated gas cap­tur­ing. The project is aligned with the UN Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Agenda (SDGs), Azerbaijan’s Na­tional Devel­op­ment Strat­egy and SOCAR’s “zero emis­sion” strat­egy.

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